High Rocks

High rocksThese days, every good film camera needs a good scanner. But not every good scanner comes with good film carriers. Take for example the marvellous Epson Perfection 750 Pro – it’s brilliant! Which makes it even more surprising that it comes with film holders that look like they’ve been made by Fisher Price.

So we were very pleased recently (during a late-night eBay session) to find a replacement 120-size negative carrier from Doug Fisher at BetterScanning.com. Doug’s carriers feel like they’re made by Rolls Royce, and this one came with a sheet of anti-Newton ring glass that holds our negs and trannies as flat as a pancake for extra image-quality goodness.

Let the re-scanning of old photos begin! Here’s one from a l-o-n-g time ago taken at High Rocks in Kent. I think it was on a Bronica SQAi that stayed for a while – nice, but not as nice as the ‘blad.

• Bronica SQAi with 80mm lens. Kodak Portra 160 developed at Multiprint.

The Queen’s Cloisters

Queens cloistersYou’re not always allowed into Cambridge Colleges, and even then you’re not allowed to just wander anywhere. But Leica is a discreet little thing – she sneaks in when no one is looking and works quietly without making a fuss.

This was taken on the day Leica sneaked into Queen’s College, Cambridge for a look around. Low sunshine streaming in through the archways of the cloister. What’s not to like about a day like that?

• Leica M6 TTL and 35mm f/2 Summicron. Kodak CN400, developed by Snappy Snaps.

Forgotten portrait from the studio

scanA009Poor Hasselblad. He gets the opportunity to shoot some portraits alongside his digital counterparts, and then the nasty old photographer completely forgets about it and leaves the roll of film in the bottom of his bag for two years. That’s gratitude for you.

Anyway, this is Ambyr, who came to the studio ages ago as part of a portrait project on people with freckles. The digital pictures in the series have more freckly-oomph (because they were shot in colour and post processed with a blue bias), but we like this one for being a bit more honest.

• Hasselblad 500 C/M with 80mm lens. Shot on Ilford HP5 Plus, developed in Kodak D76.